The Cancer Research UK Ballymoney Committee have said in a Facebook post that they are ‘undeterred from beating cancer sooner’
Speaking about how the COVID-19 situation has affected charities, the group described the impact as ‘devastating’.
A spokesperson for the group continued:
“Cancer Research UK now estimates that the coronavirus pandemic will impact up to 35% of its income this year – meaning that around £150m will not be spent on research. That is the equivalent of the total amount it would spend on clinical trials over the next 10 years.
“Ballymoney local Cancer Research committee would usually be preparing for their door to door collections to support the vital work of our scientists both here in Northern Ireland and beyond.
‘This year however the opportunity to directly donate funds to our team of collectors is simply not possible.
Encouraging a new way to support the group in the wake of COVID-19:
“We would like to offer our keen supporters in the area the chance to donate as they usually would via text to donate.”
To make a donation, Simply text BALLYMONEY3, BALLYMONEY5, BALLYMONEY10 or BALLYMONEY20 to 70180 depending on how much you would like to give.
As an alternative to the groups typical fundraising parade in Ballymoney, they have revealed this years alternative, saying:
“On Saturday 1st August we will be streaming a virtual Cancer Research Band Parade on the Ulster Bands Forum Facebook page and on Cancer Research Ballymoney from 8.00pm We trust you will enjoy and again there will be the opportunity for you to donate to Cancer Research.
“Together we can still beat cancer, but we can’t do it alone. We need your support now more than ever.”